Jessica R. Strom


Office: Wood Hall, 3C (basement level)
2019-20 Office Hours: On fellowship at UCHI

Field: Modern Europe
Specialty: 19th and 20th century Italy
Advisor: John A. Davis

Prior Degrees:

2010 M.A., Italian Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
2007 B.A., Italian Studies and American Studies, Wesleyan University

Areas of Interest: Modern Europe, revolutions, transnational exile networks, Italian Jewish history, nationalism, Italian Futurism

Dissertation Title: Financing Revolution: Adriano Lemmi and the Struggle for Italian Unification

Current Research Interests:

My dissertation project explores Italian merchant Adriano Lemmi’s (1822-1906) position in the clandestine networks that funded radical nationalist leaders, military actions, and political newspapers during the Italian Risorgimento. I argue that Lemmi played a critical role in fundraising efforts during the Risorgimento, which were essential to realize the visions of influential public figures including Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi. By looking at a different type of revolutionary leader, my dissertation illuminates the process, and not just the ideals or outcome, of the physical and political unification of Italy. My work places Italy in a wide body of new scholarship on the financial underpinnings and material demands of revolutionary activity and, more broadly, considers what motivated individuals to support revolutionary movements and the specific actions they took to realize a new and better world.

Select Publications and Translations:

“Elements of the Divine in Futurist Art and Literature.” Carte Italiane, Ser. 2, Vol. 6 (2010): 49-68.

“An Ottoman Jew Volunteers for the Greek Army (1897)” and “Jewish Women Join the Fascist Movement in Salonica (1925).” In Cohen, Julia P. and Sarah A. Stein editors. Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History 1700-1950. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014.

Selected Presentations:
“Investing in the Nation: Adriano Lemmi, Radical Nationalism, and the Southern Italian Railroad.” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York, January 3-6, 2020.

“Financier of the Revolution: Adriano Lemmi and the Material Demands of the Italian Risorgimento.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, European Section, Louisville, November 7-11, 2019.

“‘Compatriot of Mazzini, and Secretary to Kossuth’: Adriano Lemmi and Italian-Hungarian Nationalist Networks in the 1850s.” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, January 3-6, 2019.

“Nationalists Abroad: Adriano Lemmi, Giuseppe Mazzini, and Lajos Kossuth.” “Secularities. Freethinkers in the Context of National Movements and the Rise of Nation States in Europe, 1789-1920s,” German Historical Institute, Rome, March 21-23, 2018.

Fellowships and Prizes
2019 Dissertation Fellow, Humanities Institute, University of Connecticut
2019 Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award, University of Connecticut
2018 Emiliana Pasca Noether Graduate Fellowship, University of Connecticut
2017 Special Grant, Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture
2016 Harry J. Marks Fellowship in European History, University of Connecticut
2016 Center for Judaic Studies Summer Fellowship, University of Connecticut
2016 Department of History Summer Research Fellowship, University of Connecticut
2015 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut
2010 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA,
2006 Davenport Study Grant, Wesleyan University